Croatia Bans From Entering Travelers from non-EU Countries, and Some EU Citizens

Croatia is the most recent country to start implementing the EU-wide travel ban for third-country national’s attempting to enter the territory of the European Union for non-essential reasons.

Zagreb, 23 March 2020 – Coronavirus control strengthening measures for Croatian and foreign nationals entering the Republic of Croatia

On Monday, the Croatian Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs announced that the Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia, on 19 March 2020, adopted the Decision on the temporary ban on crossing the state border at the border crossings of the Republic of Croatia.

To protect the population of the Republic of Croatia from COVID-19, persons are temporarily prohibited from or restricted in crossing the state border at all border crossings of the Republic of Croatia. This Decision shall enter into force on 19 March 2020 and shall be implemented for 30 days,” a statement by the ministry reads.

It further explains that Croatian citizens, no matter where they are currently located, will be permitted to return to Croatia or leave the country.

Whereas Member States of the European Union, the countries of the Schengen Area and the Schengen Associated States, and their family members will be allowed to leave Croatia and return to their home countries. Third-country nationals who are long-term residents of the EU, as well as holders of national long-term visas, will also be permitted to leave.

“The interest of the Republic of Croatia for the persons referred to in the preceding paragraph to enter the Republic of Croatia shall be confirmed by the heads of the respective ministries in accordance with the scope of their authorisation in exceptional cases. To such persons, the instructions and measures adopted by the CIPH shall apply,” the statement highlights, among others.

Exempt from this decision will be healthcare professionals, healthcare researchers and collaborators, experts in care for the elderly, and persons requiring urgent medical treatment, as well as”

  • Cross-border workers.
  • Goods carriers and other transport personnel to the extent necessary.
  • Police officers in the performance of their activities.
  • Civil Defense services and teams.
  • International organisations staff and International military personnel in carrying out their functions.
  • Passengers in transit.

The abovementioned exempt persons shall be subject to the instructions and measures adopted by the CIPH.

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